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  1. API maybe shit. I'm not singing praises for their tests. We should not just blame everything on their tests and draw conclusions without supporting evidence. This reminds me of a doctor who tried to discount my mom's intraoccular pressure results from her optometrist as "inaccurate" without even thinking for a second. If I hadn't pressed for a referral (oh and she kept fighting back) my mother could be blind now.
  2. I must say I really don't understand why this forum lectures API = shit. It is true that their nitrate and phosphate kits do not provide the resolution we need, but that doesn't mean all of their products are bad. In fact, I bet even their phosphate and nitrate kits are accurate--just not precise enough. As I have stated multiple times, when I do my ammonia tests, I use a control tube containing water from a mature tank. Tests after adding ammonia also give a positive result. I think that speaks volume as to the accuracy of the test, even if it is qualitative but not quantitative. I'm not saying I'm sure those tests on MB7 are not false positive. We should just back our conclusions on experiment results or at least scientifically sound theories instead of API = crap.
  3. I tested nitrate. Here are the results: I know you would ask why bother with the API test. That's because most people don't like API test for its low resolution. I figured I would first just test 2.5mL to see if it turns red before using 16mL for a higher resolution test. Anyways, here's the result of RedSea test: I think it is safe to conclude that MB7 contains little to none nitrate. Now it begs the questions: 1. Is the ammonia test giving me a false positive? 2. If not, then what the heck is that ammonia doing in the bottle? 3. If MB7 really contains nitrifying bacteria, why is there no nitrate from all that ammonia?
  4. What I should do when I go home is to test the amount of niTRATE in my mb7. That should answer a lot of questions on whether the ammonia is used as a food source for the bacteria. The best way obviously would be to do a gram stain on the product. But I do not have access to a microscope or crystal violet/safranin dyes. As far as I know API test tests for total ammonia (free ammonia NH3 and ammonium NH4+), but the ratio of the two conjugates are based on pH so no matter what you are still putting ammonia in, albeit a small amount.
  5. It smells kind of vinegary to me.
  6. I don't think there's anything wrong with the API tests. I did all my tests with a control tube of water from a mature tank. The differences are obvious. Look at the first picture on this page. I've also tested the water after dosing ammonia which shows green vs yellow. Yes I rinse them. Like I said I do control tests too. and no I don't have a sand bed to agitate. It's a bare bottom tank.
  7. But I also want to find out what's wrong!
  8. Hmmm so that might not be it. That said I'm not entirely sure about putting ammonia-rich additives into a cycling tank, or any tank at all.
  9. I might have had a bad batch, or somewhere during the supply chain it was exposed to extreme temperatures that the bacteria died and decayed into ammonia. I tested 1.25ml of it with 2 drops from each bottle of the API test kit (vs 5ml with 8 drops). Didn't want to waste too much in case I was wrong.
  10. I think the reading was closing to 4ppm maybe 6ppm. I do agree that it should've been heavily diluted out in a tank of 11.6 gallon water volume (44000mL). 5 mL of 6ppm will be diluted down to like 0.0007ppm. Anyhow let's play the game of elimination here. I'll stop dosing and see what happens. I don't think there's any problem using the test on a bottle of additive. The test should be specific enough to test for nitrate only. Don't forget seawater has so many different kinds of organics and inorganics.
  11. I believe I have found the culprit. This is the test results of my bottle of microbacter7: It explains so many things, from the stalled cycle to algae bloom in my pico. Lessons learned? Limit your additives to the essentials, or test them before use. @brandon429 @Clown79 @Nixperience @SaltyBuddha @holy carp @1891Bro @Weetabix7
  12. I'm wondering if somehow some other bacteria is occupying a majority of the surface such that nitrifying bacteria got outcompeted. I may be able to restart by draining the tank letting it dry out for a few days then restart. Sigh this tank was supposed to be up and running in January, February latest.
  13. I'm still having ammonia.... should I toss the rocks and start fresh?
  14. I'm at a loss here. Ammonia was dosed 5 days ago and it's still like this. These rocks have been under water for close to 6 months now. Should I toss them out and start fresh????? Right tube is control. It's water from an established tank.
  15. About 72 hours later and I have trace ammonia and about 0.25ppm of nitrite. I believe it is a lack of surface for bacterial colonization. I gave in and tossed in another piece of dry rock. I managed to hide it behind my left mass so the front view isn't altered too much. The back view however is a bit too heavy to my taste, but the flip side is I have another platform to place corals on. front back